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Louis Armstrong

Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed "Satchmo", "Satch", and "Pops", was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist, and actor who was among the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in the history of jazz. In 2017, he was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

Armstrong was born and raised in New Orleans. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an inventive trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. Around 1922, he followed his mentor, Joe "King" Oliver, to Chicago to play in the Creole Jazz Band. In Chicago, he spent time with other popular jazz musicians, reconnecting with his friend Bix Beiderbecke and spending time with Hoagy Carmichael and Lil Hardin. He earned a reputation at "cutting contests", and relocated to New York in order to join Fletcher Henderson's band.

With his instantly recognizable rich, gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer and skillful improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song. He was also skilled at scat singing. Armstrong is renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice as well as his trumpet playing. By the end of Armstrong's career in the 1960s, his influence had spread to popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", meaning his music transcended his skin color in a racially divided America. He rarely publicly politicized his race, to the dismay of fellow African Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation in the Little Rock crisis. He was able to access the upper echelons of American society at a time when this was difficult for black men.

Armstrong appeared in films such as High Society (1956) alongside Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, and Hello, Dolly! (1969) starring Barbra Streisand. He received many accolades including three Grammy Award nominations and a win for his vocal performance of Hello, Dolly! in 1964.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 4th, 1901 (New Orleans), Died July 6th, 1971 (New York City;Corona)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1969

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, vocalist, leader, cornet, composer, speaker, songwriter, lyricist

Recordings (Results 226-250 of 728 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W402206 10-in. 12/11/1928 I can't give you anything but love Lillie Delk Christian Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W402207 10-in. 12/11/1928 Baby! Lillie Delk Christian Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W402208 10-in. 12/12/1928 Sweethearts on parade Lillie Delk Christian Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W402209 10-in. 12/12/1928 I must have that man! Lillie Delk Christian Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W402224 10-in. 12/12/1928 Heah me talkin' to ya? Louis Armstrong ; Savoy Ballroom Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with talk speaker, composer, instrumentalist, trumpet, leader  
OKeh W402225 10-in. 12/12/1928 St. James' Infirmary Louis Armstrong ; Savoy Ballroom Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, leader  
OKeh W402226 10-in. 12/12/1928 Tight like this Louis Armstrong ; Savoy Ballroom Five Jazz/dance ensemble, with talk leader, speaker, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W402525 10-in. 7/10/1929 Funny feathers Victoria Spivey Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W402526 10-in. 7/10/1929 How do you do it that way? Victoria Spivey Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W402534 10-in. 7/19/1929 Ain't misbehavin' Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, leader  
OKeh W402535 10-in. 7/22/1929 (What did I do to be so) Black and blue Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, leader, vocalist  
OKeh W402540 10-in. 7/19/1929 That rhythm man Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, leader, vocalist  
OKeh W402541 10-in. 7/19/1929 Sweet Savannah Sue Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, leader, vocalist  
OKeh W402923 10-in. 9/10/1929 Some of these days Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, leader  
OKeh W402924 10-in. 9/11/1929 When you're smiling (The whole world smiles with you) Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, leader  
OKeh W402943 10-in. 9/10/1929 Some of these days Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W402947 10-in. 9/11/1929 When you're smiling (The whole world smiles with you) Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, leader, vocalist  
OKeh W403282 10-in. 11/19/1929 Little by little Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader  
OKeh W403283 10-in. 11/19/1929 Look what you've done to me Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader  
OKeh W403454 10-in. 11/26/1929 After you've gone Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist, leader  
OKeh W403493 10-in. 12/10/1929 I ain't got nobody (And nobody cares for me) Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader  
OKeh W403494 10-in. 12/10/1929 Dallas blues Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader, instrumentalist, trumpet  
OKeh W403495 10-in. 12/13/1929 St. Louis blues Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, leader  
OKeh W403496 10-in. 12/13/1929 Rockin' chair Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, trumpet, leader, vocalist  
OKeh W403681 10-in. 1/24/1930 Song of the islands Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra [Luis Russell Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, vocalist  
(Results 226-250 of 728 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Armstrong, Louis," accessed February 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101863.

Armstrong, Louis. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101863.

"Armstrong, Louis." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 February 2021.

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